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PHT Morning Skate: Bruins aim to bounce back vs. Red Wings

Apr 20, 2014, 9:06 AM EDT

Jimmy Howard, Carl Soderberg Jimmy Howard, Carl Soderberg

We had two more overtime games yesterday with the St. Louis Blues once again edging Chicago to put the defending champions just two losses away from elimination. Meanwhile, Columbus rallied back from a 3-1 deficit against Pittsburgh to earn a 4-3 overtime win. That victory was the first in the history of the Blue Jackets’ franchise and evened their series at 1-1.

Game 2: Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers [New York leads series 1-0] (12:00 p.m. ET, NBC)

The Rangers are on a nine game winning streak over Philadelphia in games played at Madison Square Garden. That’s obviously a trend the Flyers need to end if they are to win this series.

Philadelphia’s Andrew MacDonald scored early in the first period of Game 1, but the 1-0 lead lasted just 3:25 minutes before Mats Zuccarello evened the score. The Flyers held their own in the second before falling apart in the third frame. They were out shot 13-1 in the final 20 minutes, which allowed the Rangers to come away with a 4-1 victory.

Flyers backup goaltender Ray Emery started in that contest and he’ll be back in between the pipes today as Steve Mason is still dealing with an upper-body injury.

Game 2: Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins [Detroit leads series 1-0] (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC)

The first game of this series was a goaltending duel between Detroit’s Jimmy Howard and Boston’s Tuukka Rask. Both netminders managed some impressive saves along the way and it took a sleek move by Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk to break the scoreless tie with 3:01 remaining in the third period.

Boston went into Game 1 as the heavy favorites after winning the Presidents’ Trophy, but the Red Wings are a far better team than their record implies. They have already robbed the Bruins of their home-ice advantage and can really put them against the ropes by taking a 2-0 series lead before this heads back to Detroit.

That being said, the Bruins can’t be dismissed just because they narrowly lost one game. They got this far with a deep squad led by the likes of David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Jarome Iginla, and Zdeno Chara. They are more than capable of bouncing back from a 1-0 deficit.

Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens [Montreal leads series 2-0] (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Starting goaltender Ben Bishop is one of the main reasons the Lightning made the playoffs and with him injured, the team seems to be falling apart. Netminder Anders Lindback isn’t solely responsible for the position Tampa Bay is in, but in a sign of how desperate things have gotten, Tampa Bay asked Kristers Gudlevskis to play between the pipes late in the third period of Game 2.

Gudlevskis stood out in the Olympics while playing for Latvia, but the 21-year-old netminder had participated in just one NHL contest prior to this playoff run. In fact, he has only been in 45 minor league games — 11 of them in the ECHL — since being selected in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper insisted that there is no goaltending controversy, but it remains to be seen who will start tonight. Either way, at this point Tampa Bay is facing long odds against the Carey Price-led team. Which, actually, is something that Gudlevskis does have some experience with.

Game 2: Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks [San Jose leads series 1-0] (10:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

The first 40 minutes of this series couldn’t have gone much worse for the Kings. They were “sloppy” and goaltender Jonathan Quick left plenty to be desired.

San Jose, showing off its scoring depth, had goals from five different players going into the third period, but the Kings battled back from the 5-0 deficit. The Sharks still ended up with a commanding 6-3 victory, but Los Angeles will try to carry some of the momentum from its late surge into this contest.

Quick will be the guy to watch in this one. Kings coach Darryl Sutter clearly wasn’t happy with his netminder’s performance, but Quick is typically a very effective playoff goaltender. Will he shake off his rough start or have the Sharks finally figured him out?

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Cant see it !

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Then you need another cheesesteak.

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        Suck on a lobster roll while your losing game 2 today !

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      I didn’t mean that in a bad way, and I’m not even a fan of the Bruins. Nut the4 fact that you’re an east coast guy explains the bad vibes. Good luck to your team, anyway.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Nut = But

  2. avscup - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    I hope Lucic is run hard into the boards. From behind!

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Nahhh but my stick shaft would have his hanging brains name all over it !

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        That sounds good with cheesesteak of lobstah.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        of = or

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Apr 20, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    lets go bruins!!! I’m excited for this one. I wouldn’t use the term “bounce back”, that’s about the worse they can play and they still only lost by a late goal by the magic man. You’re going to see a very different bruins team today. As for the Lucic thing, god people just let it go. It wasn’t that big of a deal, dirty and unnecessary? obviously. Who knows what lead up to it. Seabrook takes off Backes head, and he’s probably out for the rest of the playoffs, and I don’t see nearly as much comments towards him.


    • nhstateline - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      based on what we saw last year, the year before and the year before that, how can you say we’ll see a different Bruins team today ? I think we’ll see a different Bruins team in game three as the talk swirls that their futures involve Winnipeg, Carolina, Nashville and other nice places that hockey players perceive to be less than desirable places to live (even though I think they’d probably all be nice places to live). It took that in the other three years to get these guys interested And not everything was bad the other night. Tuukka was fine and the Bruins defensive commitment was good. It was just in the o zone and especially in the second period, they just didn’t work very hard. The only thing that’s ever worked with this team in the first round is presenting them with the idea big changes are coming if this goes south.

      And I saw nothing the other night that convinced me that the Bruins aren’t much the better roster overall. They got outworked and got beaten by a great player making a great play at the end of the game as great players do. But they were in that situation because they hadn’t done enough earlier to not be in it.

  4. crazemastercraze - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    I hope someone throws a broom at the Flyers bench in today’s game

  5. slaugin - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Friday, the better team won. Detroit dictated the pace and style as Boston was often chasing the puck and not cycling in the O zone when they had the puck. I think Bs come hard today to prove they are a better team than they showed.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    From a Bruins fan, I’m not sure where there was the assertion that the B’s would steamroll Detroit? Anyone with a clue knows both teams have excellent coaches and Detroit has had numerous injuries this year and would be very, very dangerous once they had everyone back.

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